Aspirants accused of bribing voters before registering as voters

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Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi was surprised after a number of women thronged his homestead demanding that they be paid before they can register as voters in the ongoing exercise by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC.

Wanyonyi wondered why some aspirants have hoodwinked voters, making them think that they must be paid first before they can exercise their democratic right of getting registered as voters and eventually voting.

“Some women came to my homestead saying they had a pressing issue that required urgent attention only for me to learn that they wanted me to pay them before they can get registered as voters. I turned them away,” he spoke in Kitale.

The legislator who was reacting to the low turnout in the number of registered voters in the ongoing voter enlisting exercise also spoke against the move by some politicians to transfer voters from one area to another in order to gain support.

He called upon leaders to desist from dishing out cash to some residents in order to register as voters claiming such a move will taint their image as well as promote politics of hand outs that is
unnecessary.

A mere 9.5% of eligible voters in Trans Nzoia County have turned out to be enrolled in the ongoing one month registration exercise by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC.

The county’s IEBC election Coordinator Lazarus Chebii said only 7,448 new voters had been captured by October 13, 2021 against a target of 78,026 voters.

“We have three registration kits in each of the 25 wards. We call on eligible voters to visit our teams to be enlisted as voters so as to exercise their democratic right of voting,” said Mr. Chebii.

Area County Commissioner Samson Ojwang’ disclosed that more than 4,000 national identity cards remain uncollected at various chief’s offices in the five sub counties.

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Sam Ojwang
Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Sam Ojwang

“We are going to ensure that all holders of the identity cards get them in time so as to register as voters to participate in the 2022 general elections,” said Mr. Ojwang during a civic forum in Kitale.